sob story


Definition of sob story

: a sentimental story or account intended chiefly to evoke sympathy or sadness

Examples of sob story in a Sentence

She told a sob story about how she had to starve herself to pay for the rent. I don't want to hear any of your sob stories.
Recent Examples on the Web Either way, the coming out narrative is a sob story. Sadhbh O'sullivan,, 28 May 2021 Don’t spin a sob story or ratchet up the excuses even if a Black Swan event did somehow cause your delay. Mark Antonio Wright, National Review, 25 Apr. 2021 Regardless of her sob story, Alina remains righteously angry at her former attendant. Nick Schager,, 23 Apr. 2021 The same can’t be said for the state of Oregon’s overall budget, which doesn’t make for a sob story to present to Congress. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2020 Blue tears drip down my face, like some kind of SciFi sob story, while the formula neutralizes any hints of yellow or redness. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, 23 Oct. 2020 The decision to block the spread of the Post story sets a troubling precedent, and also serves as a gift to conservatives peddling a bogus sob story about being suppressed by Big Tech. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 16 Oct. 2020 Someone may use a sob story or a guilt trip to pressure you into handling their responsibilities for them. oregonlive, 17 Apr. 2020 Neither does Helen who is uninterested in Wendy’s sob stories about her brother. Shannon Carlin,, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sob story

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sob story was in 1913

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“Sob story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sob story

: a sad story about yourself that you tell in order to make people feel sorry for you


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